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Emirates Aircraft QUARANTINED At JFK After A ‘Dozen’ Passengers Fall Ill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on scene at John F. Kennedy International Airport outside New York City after a “dozen” passengers on an Emirates Air flight reportedly fell ill with high fevers.

CNN reports that Emirates Flight 203 (coming from Dubai) has been quarantined at JFK while passengers and crew members are assessed. The plane’s occupants are being individually checked for signs of fever or illness as they depart the aircraft for customs.

Passenger Larry Coben, who boarded the plane in Dubai, described the scene on Twitter as the aircraft landed far from the terminal and was met by dozens of emergency vehicles lined up and ready to attend to any sick passengers.

Before being assessed for signs of illness, passengers were reportedly asked to fill out CDC forms, describing their current state of health and listing contact information.

Passengers who did not show signs of a fever were allowed to clear customs and return to the airport.

Initially, media reported that more than 100 passengers were showing signs of illness, including fevers of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but later reports indicated that the number of sick passengers was far fewer — and that some of the passengers may have been ill when they boarded the flight in Dubai.

“I asked the (flight attendant) for a mask before we even took off, but there was none available,” one passenger told CNN. “It was so obvious that a large number of people were ill well before take-off.”

“People were coughing the whole time. Now some people have fevers over 100,” she added. “They should never had been allowed to board.”

There are areas of the Middle East currently experiencing a flu outbreak, and “early indications point to that as a possibility,” a spokesperson for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

The sick passengers were taken to New York City area hospitals where they will be diagnosed and monitored.

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